Coast Guard rescues good samaritans after they fall through the ice trying to save others

CLEVELAND – U.S. Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, Mich. rescued four good samaritans, Saturday at approximately 9:30 p.m., after they fell through the ice after trying to assist two people in distress one mile offshore Saginaw Bay in Linwood, Mich.

All people were recovered and released in good condition.

“We brought two males and two females aboard after they fell in trying to help a 32-year-old man and a 6-year-old boy in waist-deep water,” said Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Todd Murray. “The ice is deteriorating and was totally unsafe.”

A 20-foot airboat crew pulled the four good samaritans from the ice and transferred them safely to awaiting Emergency Medical Services on shore. The four had no reported injuries.

Initially, a 32-year-old male and a 6-year-old boy fell through the ice while ice fishing. The four good samaritans went on to the ice to assist them, when they fell through as well. The 32-year old and 6-year-old were assisted out of the ice by the Pinconning Fire Department. They were cold but refused treatment.

Because Great Lakes ice is dangerous and unpredictable, the Coast Guard advises people to remember the following:

I – Intelligence – check the weather and ice conditions, know where you are going and know how to call for help/assistance.

C – Clothing – wear the proper anti-exposure clothes with multiple layers. If possible, wear a dry suit to prevent hypothermia, which can occur within minutes after falling through the ice.

E – Equipment – have the proper equipment such as a marine band radio, life jackets and screw drivers.

Recreational ice fisherman are encouraged to:

Use the buddy system: NEVER go out on the ice alone.

Dress in bright colors; and wear an anti-exposure suit that is waterproof, including a personal flotation device (PFD).

Carry two ice picks or screwdrivers for self-rescue. They are much more effective than using your hands.

Carry a whistle or noise-making device to alert people that you are in distress such as a cell phone or a VHF-FM radio.

Stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges and slushy areas, which signify thinner ice.

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